PNP NEC yet to formally accept treasurer's report unveiling funding scandal
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the People’s National Party (PNP) says it has not formally accepted the report of treasurer Norman Horne claiming that some senior party members collected significant sums from private sector entities but only a few accounted for the donations.
According to the report which has been leaked to the media, because of the failure to hand over all the money received , the PNP may not be able to fund its local government campaign.
The hierarchy of the PNP is reserving comments on the matter of funding for the upcoming local government elections pending a discussion with the party treasurer.
However, PNP deputy general secretary Julian Robinson said the NEC is looking into treasurer's report.
He says the treasurer was not available to answer the questions by members of the NEC on the contents of his report.
However, another meeting is to be held shortly at which the treasurer is expected to be present.
Meanwhile, the PNP executive is calling for the Government and the Electoral Commission of Jamaica to move speedily to bring into effect, the Campaign Finance Legislation that was passed by the previous government.
The council says this will ensure the existence of a clear and formal framework to govern campaign financing, and bring greater transparency to the financing of the electoral process.